A great way to grow your best military career is to consider job opportunities within multiple military branches. A transfer between military branches requires an early discharge from your current branch and acceptance into the new one.
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Transferring Between Military Branches to Enhance Your Military Career

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Military career objectives and individual skill sets change and grow along with your military career. Your goal is to contribute your skills where they might be most needed in the military, and most valued.

And of course, a personal career goal is to continue to increase your military pay, as your financial responsibility to yourself and your military family. To strengthen your skills and boost your military pay, consider transferring from one military branch to another.

A great way to grow your best military career is to consider job opportunities within multiple military branches. A transfer between military branches requires an early discharge from your current branch and acceptance into the new one. Proper procedures must be followed in the request of a military transfer.

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFER BETWEEN MILITARY BRANCHES

Once you identify a position you may want in another military branch, discuss the potential transfer you seek with recruiters from that branch of the military.

Be sure you get detailed information on compensation, duty expectations, advancement opportunities, and other issues relating to your future within this new military branch.

Don't start your conversation with your decision made - instead, listen to the recruiters' advice and use the information to decide if this branch of the military is best for your needs and your skills.

THREE STEPS TO MILITARY TRANSFER USING FORM DD 368

Form DD 368 - Request for Conditional Release - can be obtained from your commanding officer, or you can get this form online.

1. Fill out FORM DD 368 completely, with all required information about your current military obligations and the military branch you wish to transfer into.

2. Bring the completed form to your commanding officer for their signature. Before they sign, you'll have to explain your reasons for transfer. For example, you may choose serving in the Air Force to gain more practical skills for your post-military career goal of becoming an airline pilot. Do you have a skill that serves the military branch needs? Highlight your skills that are in greater demand in your requested-transfer military branch.

3. Your completed Form DD 368 must then be signed by a recruiter from your new military branch. Recruiters have the authority to accept voluntary requests for transfers only with written approval by a commanding officer.

FOLLOW THROUGH AND FOLLOW UP

Take the recruiter-signed Form DD 368 back to your commanding officer for submission. From there, other officials can approve or deny the application formally.

Always follow up and be persistent; the military branch may deny the release request depending on the current needs and terms of a military service members' contract, but it is always your right as a military service member to submit and resubmit your request.



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